[song] Big Bliss – Tether

Photo by Kevin Condon

With their new album Vital Return arriving on August 18 via Good Eye Records, Brooklyn-based trio Big Bliss is sharing another preview of what to expect (after “A Seat at the Table”) — an irresistible post-punk gem “Tether”, packed with melodic guitars and captivating storytelling.

Elaborating on the new track, inspired by serious events with a lyricism that ruminates on anxiety, grief, addiction, recovery, devotion, and heartache, Tim Race from the band has shared the following statement:

“Addiction and subsequent snapshots of early sobriety are central themes of this record. While most of those instances are from my perspective as a recovering addict, “Tether” is the flip side; it’s the push and pull struggle between an addict and a person that loves them.

I’ve learned one of the most harmful things an addict/alcoholic can do is to disintegrate in front of the people who care about them. I’ve been on both sides of the coin. In these situations, love breeds fear, which breeds frustration; helplessness breeds rage, and then rage breeds contempt. We try everything: we try boundaries, begging, or bargaining, but eventually we learn that the only person who can save an addict is themselves. There is no language to convince someone to get better. There is no ace-in-the-hole consequence one can enact.

Hopefully, the afflicted people in our lives that we are so intrinsically tied to are as lucky as I have been and find a route to recovery. The painful truth is that if they don’t, eventually we may have to learn to let go – we may need to loose the tether between us so that both of us aren’t pulled under. That is a deeply tragic notion, but there is also a complicated catharsis in knowing and accepting that a situation like this is out of our control”.

Listen below and pre-order the record here.